Paris Officially Says It's Phasing Out All Non-Electric Cars
13 October, 2017, 08:02 | Author: Valerie Burke
Paris City Hall, already under attack over the establishment of no-car zones, car-free days and fines for drivers who enter the city in cars that are more than 20 years old, said it was not using the word "ban" but rather introducing a feasible deadline by which combustion-engine cars would be phased out.
When it comes to efforts to reduce pollution within city limits, Paris is already known for introducing a ban on cars older than 20 years in the city during weekdays, a measure which drew some criticism for effectively discriminating against those who can not afford newer cars.
France had previously set an electric vehicle-only goal by 2040, but Paris officials said the new rule will push large cities to phase out fossil fuels even sooner. Paris has also instituted temporary vehicle bans inside the city in response to pollutant levels in the area, causing some irritation from city dwellers who have to commute by auto.
Christophe Najdovski, chief of city's transport policies, said that fossil-fueled vehicles are one of main factors that led to greenhouse gas emissions.
The mayor's office released a statement clarifying its aims after news outlets reported that the city was banning gasoline cars.
On the heels of France and the United Kingdom announcing plans to phase out sales of combustion-engined cars by 2040, the state of California is mulling a similar move much earlier than the 2040 target date, .
Paris has faced rising air pollution in the last few years. Her detractors have accused her of waging a war against cars.
On Oct. 1, the city held "a day without cars", with the intention of making Paris "less polluted, more pleasant and more peaceful".
"Sensitizing residents to the need to modify their behavior towards the auto was part of the objectives of this day", the mayor's office said in a statement, adding that it was also meant to be a symbol "that cities can and must invent concrete solutions to fight air pollution caused by traffic. That's my goal", said Hidalgo in an interview with Le Parisian on the city's anti-pollution measures.
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